Three weeks since the fire in the OVH data center, Polish swingers portal Zbiornik.com is online again. The long waiting time is due to the fact that in the fire about half of the servers on which the portal’s data was stored were damaged. Fortunately, thanks to backups, nearly all the site’s data has been restored.
Most data was saved or recovered from backups
According to Zbiornik, most of the photos and videos that users shared survived and were restored from backups. And as the site used a database replication mechanism, the entire database was restored. This means that the shared content, user accounts and data, posts and shop have been restored and brought back online. According to the site, credits assigned to accounts have remained unchanged, while all VIP accounts will be extended by one month.
What was lost in the fire?
Unfortunately, there were also some losses. It was not possible to save the data with information on what content users had added to ‘Favourites‘. Therefore, users will have to find and add their chosen content to this tab again. Thumbnails of videos could not be recovered either, but this is not a significant loss as they will be re-generated. However, in this case, it will be necessary to wait patiently. Due to the amount of video content, it will take some time to create all the thumbnails again. The same is true for attachments in private messages. Attachments are systematically restored and for the time being, only for older attachments there will be a short wait.
Server restoration work
The long restoration period was largely due to the fact that the service data was located at the SBG-1 data centre in Strasbourg. In its case, 4 of the 12 rooms were damaged in the fire. Efforts to clean the building, secure the surviving data and reconnect the servers took place 24 hours a day. Between 60 and 100 OVH technicians were involved daily. While the technicians quickly managed to get the SBG-1 servers up and running, for reasons of data protection the reconnection of the servers only took place after the full diagnostics had been completed and the servers had been cleaned and dried.
While zbiornik.com is back online, they still have a lot of work ahead of them to fully restore all the data. Fortunately, the current state the site is in should suit users completely. It is clear that Zbiornik wanted to return in a form that allows virtually full functionality of the portal, rather than risk firing up a site that is not fully operational and thus discourage its users.